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[00:00:06]

WELL, THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR JOINING US TODAY.

UM, GOOD AFTERNOON.

THE DAY WE'RE BACK TO OUR VIRTUAL MEETING, INSTEAD OF IN-PERSON, UNFORTUNATELY I HOPE EVERYONE'S FAMILIES ARE SAFE AND THAT EVERYONE IS TAKING THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS.

THIS IS OUR WAY OF TRYING TO STAY AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE.

SO WITH THIS, I LIKE TO CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

THE TIME IS 2 0 8.

AND, UM, I LIKE TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP OFFERS, UH, SERVICES FOR AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE.

SO IF ANYONE EVER NEEDS ANY TRANSLATION OR INTERPRETATION SERVICES TO PLEASE REACH OUT TO CHLOE MAXWELL AND SHE WOULD HELP ASSIST IN ANY OF THOSE SERVICES THAT YOU NEED, UH, FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

UM, BEFORE WE MOVE THAT, BEFORE WE MOVE ON TO PUBLIC COMMENTS, I'D LIKE TO CLARIFY THE PROCESS FOR MAKING PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP MEETINGS AND CONSISTENT WITH THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT, WHICH PROVIDES THE PUBLIC COMMENT ON A PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM MAY BE MADE BEFORE OR DURING THE BOARD'S CONSIDERATION OF THAT ITEM AND THE BOARD PROCEDURES POLICY WE ADOPTED ON MAY 19TH, ALL PUBLIC COMMENTS ON ANY AGENDA ITEM MAY ONLY BE MADE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING IN EACH SPEAKER WILL HAVE A TOTAL OF THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK TO ALL ITEMS OF WHICH THE SPEAKER HAS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK.

SO TODAY I'D LIKE

[I. Public Comment]

TO WELCOME AS THE FIRST SPEAKER FOR PUBLIC COMMENT IS MS. PENTEL.

MS. MANTELLA YOU ON THE LINE.

HELLO, MISS PENTEL.

OKAY.

HELLO, MISS PENTEL.

YOU WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK ON ALL OF YOUR ITEMS. UM, AND WELCOME.

PERFECT.

I'LL DO THAT TICKETS.

UM, YES WE CAN.

YES.

IS THIS MS. BENTO? HELLO? CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, I CAN.

CAN EVERYBODY HEAR HER? CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

YES.

YOU'RE GOOD.

WE CAN HEAR YOU.

YEAH, I DON'T THINK SHE'S HEARING US.

UM, CAN EVERYONE GIVE HER A THUMBS UP? YEAH.

HELLO? CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

HELLO? YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? YES, WE CAN.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? I DON'T THINK YOU CAN HEAR ME.

YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU.

OKAY.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU AND EVERYONE IS GIVING YOU A THUMBS UP THAT.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

CAN YOU HEAR ME, CHLOE? MAYBE WHAT WE COULD, MAYBE WHAT WE COULD DO IS, UH, HANG UP ON THE COMMENT OR CALL HER BACK AND DOLLAR BACK IN BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY IT'S COMING THROUGH MUCH DELAYED.

SO THERE IS A LONG DELAY NOT COMING THROUGH WHEN I SPEAK.

OKAY.

RIGHT.

I DON'T, I DON'T THINK IT'S WORKING PROPERLY.

UH, BUT I'LL, I'LL TRY TO SPEAK.

YEAH, WE CAN HEAR YOU.

WE CAN HEAR YOU AND YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO HEAR IT.

THE PROJECT PROPOSAL, AS IT IS NOW

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INCLUDES A LOT MORE TUNNELS THAN WAS ORIGINALLY PROPOSED IN, IN THE, IN THE PROJECT THAT WENT TO THE VOTERS AND IN THE, UH, CITIZEN OUTREACH, THEY SAY THAT THE, THE COSTS WILL GO UP, BUT THEY DON'T SAY HOW MUCH THE COST WILL GO UP OR HOW MUCH, THE, HOW MUCH THE TIME WILL BE DELAYED AS A RESULT OF ALL THESE EXTRA TUNNELS.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU TELL THE PUBLIC AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, HOW MUCH THE COST WILL GO UP AND WHERE THAT MONEY WILL COME FROM.

WILL IT COME FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE PROJECT THAT WILL HAVE TO BE CUT BACK? WILL YOU GO BACK TO THE VOTERS FOR ANOTHER BOND? IS IT PART OF THE CONTINGENCY? DO YOU THINK YOU'LL GET THAT MONEY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? WHERE WILL THAT MONEY COME FROM? IT'S VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THIS KIND OF THING HAPPENS AROUND THE COUNTRY AND I FOLLOW PROJECTS AROUND THE COUNTRY.

IT'S NOT AT ALL UNHEARD OF, BUT IT CAN RESULT IN OPPOSITION TO THE PROJECT.

IF PEOPLE FEEL THAT YOU'RE NOT BEING HONEST AND UPFRONT WITH THEM ABOUT, ABOUT THE COSTS AND ALSO ABOUT THE DELAYS, I WOULD ALSO REALLY LIKE TO HEAR MORE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE NEED FOR THE TUNNEL UNDER THE RIVER.

THE, THE ADVANTAGE OF HAVING A BRIDGE IS THAT IT PROVIDES ACCESS IN ADDITION TO THE PEDESTRIANS BICYCLISTS AND THE BUSES.

AND I'D REALLY LIKE TO HEAR DISCUSSION PROS AND CONS OF A BRIDGE VERSUS A TUNNEL.

THE WAY THE PRESENTATION IS BEING MADE TO THE PUBLIC IS THAT IT HAS TO BE A TUNNEL AND THAT'S COMPLETE, YOU KNOW, THERE'S NO OPTION.

IT HAS TO BE A TUNNEL.

I UNDERSTAND THE REASONS FOR THE TUNNEL, BUT I REALLY THINK THAT COULD USE MORE DISCUSSION.

UM, FINALLY I JUST WANTED TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALL OF THE EFFORTS OF DAVE DOGS.

HE PASSED AWAY LAST MONTH, HE WORKED BETWEEN 30 AND 40 YEARS OF HIS LIFE TOWARD HAVING A LIGHT RAIL PROJECT, SIMILAR TO WHAT WE HAVE NOW WITH PROJECT CONNECT.

AND I THINK THAT THE PROJECT THAT WE HAVE NOW IN FRONT OF US IS IN PART DUE TO HIS EFFORTS OVER SO MANY YEARS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MS. FOR YOUR PATIENCE, ESPECIALLY AS WE'RE DEALING WITH VIRTUAL COMMUNICATION.

I HOPE YOU CAN.

UM, WE APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS AND, UH, WE WILL, UH, DOES ANYBODY ON THE BOARD HAVE ANY FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS FOR MS. PATEL? SHOULD WE MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SPEAKER THEN? UM, OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS MS. JOSEPH, MS. JOSEPH, CAN YOU HEAR US? THANK YOU.

MADAM CHAIR MEMBERS I'M AS AN OPIATE JOSEPH, I JUST WANTED TO MAKE MY COMMENTS PREFACE BY A QUESTION THAT COUNCIL MEMBER AND TEREA ASKED IN THE OPERATIONS MEETING BEFORE YOURS CONVENED, WANTS TO KNOW WHO'S FUNDING.

WHAT, AND I TOO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE SAME.

MY COMMENTS ARE SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO THE STAFFING IN FYI 2018.

JACKIE NUREMBERG WAS THE MANAGER OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT WITH 3.3 YEARS, EARNING $90,000 FYI 2021 UNDER ATT SHE'S THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, 6.1 YEARS, $150,000.

THAT SEEMS OUTRAGEOUS TO ME IN FYI 2018 YANNIS BANKS, $49,000 INVOLVEMENT SPECIALIST.

ONE, 1.1 YEAR, NO TRANSIT EXPERIENCE.

$49,000.

HIS SALARY HAS DOUBLED UNDER ATP AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP, PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT MANAGER.

HIS SALARY IS NOW $96,000.

I DON'T THINK THIS IS WHAT THE VOTERS APPROVED.

AND I CERTAINLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE THE FUNDING IS COMING FROM TO INCENTIVIZE THESE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT, OUTREACH COORDINATORS AT SUCH A HIGH COST MARCH 17TH, 2021 DIRECTOR, RANDY CLARK SAID THAT ATP DOESN'T EXIST AS AN ENTITY FROM A FEDERAL POINT OF VIEW WHEN YOU TALKED ABOUT DVE.

SO IT IS CONFUSING TO THE PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THE FUNDING IS COMING FROM.

IT WAS CONFUSING WHEN MR. COLLIN GAVE THE BUDGET UPDATE TO CAPITOL METRO'S OPERATIONS COMMITTEE.

AND I DO UNDERSTAND, HE MENTIONED THAT OCTOBER, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A LONG RANGE PRESENTATION, CAPITOL METRO'S BUDGET DIRECTOR SAID THAT, I GUESS YOU'LL DISCUSS THE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT.

THEN MAYBE IF YOU COULD FLUSH IT OUT FOR THE PUBLIC, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT.

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BUT I STILL THINK THAT $250,000 IS EXCESSIVE BECAUSE THE CEO, WHEN RANDY CLARK WAS HIRED BY CAPITAL METRO EARNED $285,000, AND YOU HAVE AN OUTREACH SPECIALIST EARNING JUST UNDER $30,000 LESS.

IT'S OUTRAGEOUS.

MY LAST COMMENT WILL BE, UM, FRAUD.

ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE FRAUD IS TRYING TO GET SOMETHING OF VALUE THROUGH WILLFUL MISREPRESENTATION.

AND SO I JUST WANT YOU TO KEEP THAT IN MIND.

AND I WILL LASTLY TELL YOU THAT RIDERSHIP AND COVERAGE ARE DIFFERENT WHEN CAPITAL METRO'S BOARD WAS BRIEFED JULY 25TH, 2016, JARED WALKER, THE PHD WHO REDESIGNED, UH, HOUSTON, UH, SYSTEM.

THIS IS MY LAST COMMENT SAID THAT RIDERSHIP IS WHEN YOU'RE THINKING LIKE A BUSINESS AND YOU CHOOSE THE TARGET AUDIENCE THAT YOU WANT AND COVERAGE IS WHEN YOU ACTUALLY PROVIDE LIFELINE ACCESS FOR EVERYONE AND CAPITAL.

METRO HAS CHOSEN RIDERSHIP, NOT COVERAGE.

I THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO MAKE MY COMMENTS.

AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO CONSIDER REVISING YOUR POLICY, JUST LIKE CAPITAL METRO, TO ALLOW MORE TIME FOR PUBLIC COMMENT AND ACTION ITEMS. THEY'RE DISCUSSING THAT AT PRESENT.

THANK YOU.

YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? I'LL ANSWER THEM AT THIS TIME.

UM, I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS, MS. JOSEPH, UH, DOES ANYONE FROM THE BOARD HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR MS. JOSEPH? NO.

UH, WE'RE, WE'VE TAKEN NOTE MS. JOSEPH OF YOUR, OF YOUR CONCERNS AND WE'RE KEEPING TRACK OF HOW BEST TO ANSWER YOUR CONCERNS.

UM, IT WOULD EITHER BE DONE THROUGH FOLLOWUP MEETINGS, OR WE WILL SEND YOU A, UM, DIRECT COMMUNICATION TO YOU AS WELL.

SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AS WE WORK OUT, HOW TO KEEP TRACK OF YOUR CONCERNS.

THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

MA'AM UM, OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS MS. .

MS. ROUGHLY, YOU WOULD HAVE THREE MINUTES.

DID WE HAVE MISS ROUGHLY, CAN YOU HEAR US, MS. BROOKLEY? I DON'T THINK SHE'S THERE.

UM, IF MS. RUTLEDGE COMES DOWN AND SAYS LATER, CAN WE MAKE AN EXCEPTION TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE HAS A CHANCE TO SPEAK? OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

SO MOVING ON, UM, TO OUR DISCUSSION ITEMS

[II. Executive Director’s Report]

ARE FIRST STARTED TODAY IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORT FROM THE AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MR. RANDY CLARK.

GREAT, THANK YOU CHAIR.

UH, GOOD SEEING YOU TODAY.

THANK YOU FOR OUR MEMBERS FOR BEING HERE.

AND I SEE THAT WE'RE JUST GOING TO CUE UP A SLIDE.

IT LOOKS LIKE A COUPLE OF SLIDES TO GO THROUGH.

THERE WE GO.

THANK YOU.

SO, UH, FIRST THING I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT FOR THE BOARD AND YOU DID GET A NOTE FROM US AND WE ACTUALLY DID A LITTLE, UM, ENGAGEMENT WITH THE COMMUNITY ON THIS SOCIAL MEDIA WISE WAS A VERY, VERY CRUCIAL STEP FOR US IN THIS PROGRAM RELATED TO THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE LINES, WHICH ARE THE LARGEST COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM WE RECEIVED FROM THE FTA ACCEPTANCE INTO PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PHASE OF THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT GRANT PROGRAM.

UH, I CAN'T UNDERSTATE HOW BIG OF A STEP THIS IS FOR THIS PROGRAM.

SO KIND OF IN ONE WAY, WE GO FROM BEING, TALKING WITH FTA ABOUT SOMETHING THEY'RE WATCHING US SAYING WE'RE GOING TO DO TO NOW BEING IN THE FEDERAL PROCESS.

SO FOR THE FACT THAT NOW WE ARE FULLY RECOGNIZED BY THE FTA AS MOVING TO TWO VERY BIG, UH, MOSTLY IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE WHERE WE CALL THESE MEGA PROJECTS THROUGH THE PROCESS.

SO, UH, TACTICALLY, THAT ACTUALLY MEANS TWO VERY IMPORTANT THINGS.

ONE THE AUTHORITY TO PROCEED WITH OUR ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESSES THAT WE'RE WORKING VERY HARD ON OUR NEPA PROCESS, ET CETERA.

AND OUR ENGINEERING IS DESIGN.

NOW THAT WE'RE AT 15 W TOWARDS 30, BUT REALLY CRITICAL IS IT GIVES US THE AUTHORITY TO INCUR PROJECT COSTS ON A LOCAL POINT OF VIEW THAT WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR FUTURE FTA REIMBURSEMENT.

SO THIS KIND OF LOCAL FEDERAL MATCH COMPONENT, IT ALSO GIVES US THE AUTHORITY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH REAL ESTATE.

AND NOW IT ALLOWS US IN OUR, I THINK, AN UPCOMING MEETING WE'LL TALK ABOUT, UH, WHAT'S CALLED THE RAMP, THE REAL ESTATE ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT.

AND SO WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE BOTHERED GOING TO BUY REAL ESTATE TOMORROW, BUT IT ALLOWS THE US TO START CRITICALLY GOING THROUGH WHICH PIECES ARE PRIORITY VERSUS NOT HOW TO WORK

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WITH POTENTIAL HOME.

UM, YOU KNOW, LAY LANDOWNERS, UH, START APPRAISE, UH, APPRAISAL PROCESS, ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT WE KNOW WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO.

SO I WANTED TO, YOU KNOW, JUST THANK THE FTA.

THEY'VE BEEN A FANTASTIC PARTNER.

UM, AGAIN, I DON'T RECALL ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY, I'VE CERTAINLY, I CAN'T SAY THIS A HUNDRED PERCENT THAT ANYONE GOT TWO NOTICES ON THE SAME DAY FOR, TO MAKE A PROJECT FOR FDA PROJECT DEVELOPMENT APPROVAL.

UH, AND I GET A LOT OF KUDOS TO THE STAFF, UH, DAVE COUCH AND HIS TEAM SPECIFICALLY HAVE BEEN WORKING TO GET TO THIS STEP FOR ULTIMATELY A COUPLE OF YEARS.

UH, SO THIS REALLY DOES MOVE US FORWARD AND MOVES US FORWARD ON 30% DESIGN.

AND AGAIN, THE GOAL IS TO GET OUR 30% DESIGN BY NEXT SUMMER THAT MOVES US, ALLOWS US TO ALSO GET INTO THE FTC.

FDA HAS A PROCESS WHERE, UH, BY THE END OF THE SUMMER IS USUALLY THE END OF AUGUST PERIOD.

THEY CAN ESTABLISH RATINGS FOR PROJECTS, AND IT'S A MULTI-YEAR RATING PROCESS TO GAIN GO THROUGH, UH, WITH A LEAD TO A FULL FUNDING GRANT AGREEMENT, IDEALLY IN THE 2020 AND 2024, THAT'D BE CALENDAR YEAR 2024, UH, AND ALSO ALLOWS US TO CONTINUE THIS PROCESS BECAUSE ONE OF OUR KEY GOALS IS TO GET AN FTA NIPA RECORD OF DECISION.

WE'LL REFER TO IT AS A ROD, A FAIR AMOUNT GOING FORWARD, UH, BY WINTER 2022.

SO IDEALLY THAT DECEMBER, 2022 MIGHT BE JANUARY, 2023, AROUND THAT TIMEFRAME SOLIDIFYING THE RECORD OF DECISION FOR BOTH OF THESE, UH, BIG, LARGE PROJECTS.

SO AGAIN, I JUST WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THIS.

THIS IS A, IT'S A BIG STEP FOR US AS A, AS A, AS A GROUP.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, CHLOE.

I THOUGHT IT'D BE IMPORTANT TO TAKE A, UH, A MOMENT AND TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON IN DC.

WELL, I'LL TAKE THAT BACK.

NOT EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON IN DC, EVERYTHING IN DC RELATED TO THE, UH, UH, INFRASTRUCTURE, INVESTMENT, UH, HACKED.

THERE'S A LOT OF OTHER THINGS GOING IN DC THAT WE WON'T GET INTO HERE AT ATP.

UM, BUT AS MANY PEOPLE KNOW THERE HAS BEEN YEARS MIRRORS OF DISCUSSION ON BASICALLY 10 YEARS OF DISCUSSION ABOUT A BIG INFRASTRUCTURE BILL, AND A LOT OF MOMENTUM HAS BUILT.

UH, RECENTLY THERE HAS BEEN WHAT MOST PEOPLE CALL THE BEF THE BI BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE FRAMEWORK, AND THAT MOVED FORWARD WHERE THE SENATE PASSED ON AUGUST 10TH, UH, VERY HEAVY BY POWERS IN 69 TO 30 TO MOVE FORWARD ON A BI-PARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM.

THE HOUSE IS EXPECTED TO TAKE THAT BILL UP IN SEPTEMBER.

THERE'S VERY COMPLICATED, UH, RE UH, SEQUENCING, MAYBE RELATED TO THAT.

CAUSE THE THEY'RE ALSO TALKING ABOUT RECONCILIATION, WHICH IS A ONE-TIME BUDGET MOVE THAT IS NOT POLICY DRIVEN, BUT IT'S FINANCIAL DRIVEN.

AND THERE'S SOME ASPECTS WHERE SOME PEOPLE MAY WANT TO PUT ADDITIONAL TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS INTO RECONCILIATION AND HOW THEY MAY ALIGN WITH POLICY THAT HAS DONE THROUGH THIS BILL.

UH, THERE'S ALSO THE DEBT CEILING THAT HAS TO GET RESOLVED AND THE OVERALL BUDGET.

SO LOTS OF MOVING PARTS IN DC.

UM, SO WHILE I THINK A LOT OF US ARE VERY OPTIMISTIC THAT WIPED GOT PASSED WE'LL THEN GO TO THE NEXT FINAL STEP, WHICH IS THE HOUSE APPROVAL.

AND THEN TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK FOR SIGNATURE, IT IS NOT A NECESSARILY A LINEAR PATH, AND IT'S NOT EXACTLY A PATH THAT MAYBE GETS RESOLVED TOMORROW.

HOUSES HAVE BEEN CALLED BACK TO ME, I THINK ON THE 23RD OR 24TH, THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT EVERYTHING FROM VOTING RIGHTS TO INFRASTRUCTURE, TO RECONCILIATION, LOTS OF THINGS, A GENERAL CONSENSUS THAT I'M HEARING IS THEY'RE HOPING BY SOMETIME IN MID SEPTEMBER TO GET SOMETHING DONE, BUT WE'LL ALL BE WATCHING AND SEE EXACTLY HOW THE LAST ACT OF THIS PLAY KIND OF GOES OUT.

I THOUGHT I'D HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE OF PARTS OF THIS BILL THOUGH, THAT ARE DIRECTLY RELATED TO OSTEO DOING TRANSIT IN AUSTIN, BECAUSE THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT ELEMENTS IN THIS, IN THIS BILL THAT ARE HELPFUL.

THIS PROGRAM, ONE IS IT'S FORMULA FUNDING.

SO FORMULA FUNDING IS WHAT CAP METRO NORMALLY RECEIVES BECAUSE OF US RUNNING A TRANSIT SYSTEM.

AND THOSE ARE THINGS LIKE STATE OF GOOD REPAIR BOSTON BUS FACILITIES.

AND WHAT'S USUALLY CALLED CAPITAL COSTS, UH, MAINTENANCE.

SO, YOU KNOW, LOOKING AFTER SOME OF OUR ASSETS, UH, AND THAT'S KIND OF DONE IN AN URBANIZED FORMULA AND AS WE GROW THAT AS GOOD, BUT GENERALLY SPEAKING, IT'S, IT'S PROPORTIONAL TO YOUR URBANIZED AREA OF WHERE YOU SERVE.

SO WHAT THEY DID IN THAT, IN THE BIG ONE IS THEY DID A 30% INCREASE IN THE FIRST YEAR IN FYI, 21 ON THOSE FORMULAIC ARMS. AND THEN THEY DID A 2% ANNUALIZED INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENT, 2% INCREASE AS WELL.

UH, THAT IS A BIG DEAL, UH, FOR FORMULA FUNDING AND VERY LARGE, UH, CONTRIBUTION TO TRANSIT, NOT JUST HERE IN AUSTIN, BUT ACROSS THE INDUSTRY.

SO THAT WILL, UH, CERTAINLY BE GOOD BASELINE, UH, FINANCIAL, UH, STABILITY FOR THE ORGANIZATION GOING FORWARD TO RUN A LARGER SYSTEM.

SO THERE'S REALLY

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BIG POSITIVES IN THAT SECOND.

UH, THERE IS THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT GRANT PROGRAM, AND THAT'S THE PROGRAMS THAT WE'RE GOING TO SPECIFICALLY, WE'RE USING FOR EXPO IN PLEASANT VALLEY.

AND WE'LL WE ADVANCING THE ORANGE AND BLUE LINE AS I JUST MENTIONED THE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PHASE.

SO WHAT THEY DID IN THAT PROGRAM, AND THIS IS INCREDIBLY NUANCED AND COMPLICATED, AND I'M HAPPY TO KIND OF, NOT THAT I'M THE EXPERT IN IT, BUT I KNOW ENOUGH TO BE DANGEROUS, UH, HAPPY TO TALK OFFLINE LATER.

SOMEONE'S DEEP, DEEP, DEEP INTO IT.

UM, AND OUR, I HAVE ONE OF OUR EXPERTS GET REALLY DEEP INTO IT, BUT THEY HAVE X AMOUNT OF MONEY IN APPROPRIATIONS ANNUALLY FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WHAT THEY DID IN THIS BILL IS THEY DID $8 BILLION OF ADVANCE APPROPRIATIONS, WHICH MEANS IT IS TRUE GUARANTEED MONEY.

SO IT IS NOT AT THE WHIM OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE.

SO IN THE FEDERAL SIDE, IT'S VERY COMPLEX BECAUSE YOU'LL HAVE A BUDGET AND THEN ANNUALLY, YOU HAVE APPROPRIATIONS.

SO THERE'S LOTS OF THINGS THAT ARE IN THE BUDGET THAT THE APPROPRIATORS THEN BE, OH, WELL, WE'RE NOT ACTUALLY GOING TO FUND THAT.

SO IT'S KIND OF AN, ALWAYS THIS TEXAS TO STOUT INSIDE THE FEDERAL PROCESS.

THEY, WHAT THEY DID IN THIS BILL, AND THIS IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT.

THEY ADVANCED APPROPRIATED 8 BILLION.

SO THAT IS GUARANTEED FUNDING.

AND THE PROGRAM CUTS OUT THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE APPROVAL PROCESS AND SOLIDIFIES THAT FUNDING.

SECOND IN THE BILL ITSELF, THEY DID AN ANNUAL AUTHORIZATION OF 3.1, 5 BILLION ON TOP OF THE ADVANCED APPROPRIATION.

SO WHAT THAT DOES INSIDE THE BILL, IT'S KIND OF LIKE, YOU'RE A BUDGET CAP.

THERE IS ALLOWED TO GO UP TO 3.1, 5 BILLION ANNUALLY ON TOP OF THAT, BUT APPROPRIATORS AND THE PROBATION COMMITTEE HAVE TO PUSH THAT FORWARD AND ULTIMATELY IN THE BUDGET.

SO IT IS VERY GOOD THAT WE HAVE A BIG INCREASE IN THE, IN THE LOCKED IN AMOUNT.

SECONDARILY IF CONGRESS ON AN ANNUALIZED BASIS AFTER THE, UH, AFTER THE ADVANCED PROBATION, ONCE THEY HAD MORE, THEY HAVE ROOM IN THE BUDGET VEHICLE TO DO THAT, WHICH IS REALLY GOOD.

UM, SO THE NEXT PART I, WHAT TO MENTIONED IS COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAMS. THOSE PROGRAMS, WE ACTUALLY ASSUME NO FUNDING FOR ANY COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM, AS WE BUILT OUR, UH, INTEGRATED FINANCIAL MODEL, BECAUSE WE COULDN'T THINK TO SAY WE'RE GUARANTEED COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAMS. WE KNEW THE CIG PROGRAMS WHILE COMPLICATED WAS COMPETITIVE.

WE WOULD EVENTUALLY GET THROUGH THAT PROGRAM.

AND, UH, YOU KNOW, AT THE END, WE'LL HAVE TO DO A FULL FUNDING GRANT AGREEMENT NEGOTIATION WITH THE MTA.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE'LL HAVE TO SEE WHERE THAT PERCENTAGE ENDS UP.

WE'LL ALSO HAVE TO SEE WHERE THE ANNUAL, UM, APPROPRIATIONS LEVEL ENDS UP FOR EACH PROGRAM.

UM, BUT WE KNOW THAT PROGRAM IS AT LEAST STABLE ON THE COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM.

IT'S MORE HOLISTIC AROUND TRANSIT.

WE COULDN'T BE VERY VALUABLE FOR OUR PROGRAM AS WELL.

SO ONE OF THE BIG INITIATIVES IN THE BILL IS TO MOVE THE LOW AND NO EMISSIONS POS PROGRAM FORWARD.

AND THEY ACTUALLY DID FIVE AND A QUARTER BILLION AGAIN, ADVANCED APPROPRIATIONS I E GUARANTEED MONEY FOR LOW AND NO EMISSION BUS PROGRAM.

THAT IS AN INCREDIBLE LEAP FORWARD.

UH, FOR, FOR THAT CONSIDERING MOST ALL AGENCIES IN THE COUNTRY ARE GOING ZERO EMISSION.

WE ARE ALSO DOING THAT AT CAP METRO AND THE 80 AND THE PROJECT CONNECT VEHICLES WILL ALL BE THAT.

SO THAT IS REALLY GOOD AS WELL.

IT ALSO FUNDS THINGS LIKE CHARGING, NOT JUST THE BUSES THEMSELVES.

SO WE'LL APPLY TO PLAY VERY ACTIVE, UH, WITH THOSE GRANT FUNDING, UH, PROGRAMS. WE, UH, WE'VE WON LOW AND NOMO, NO EMISSION PROGRAM THREE STRAIGHT AT CAPITAL METRO.

SO WE'RE HOPING WE'RE, WE'RE SET UP VERY WELL FOR THAT PROGRAM.

BOSTON BUS FACILITIES IS AGAIN, REPLACEMENT BUSES, WHICH IS NOT REALLY RELEVANT TO THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM PER SE.

MY BOSS FACILITIES ARE PART OF OUR PROGRAM IS WE NEED A NEW DEMAND RESPONSE FACILITY AND WE NEED A NEW BUS MAINTENANCE FACILITY.

AND THE BIG INCREASE IN THAT FACILITY PROGRAM WILL ALLOW US TO BE COMPETITIVE FOR THOSE KINDS OF MATCHING FUNDS TO HELP US WITH THOSE FACILITIES, WHICH AGAIN IS PRETTY SIGNIFICANT, UM, UH, COSTS, UH, THAT WE'LL NEED IN THE PROGRAM.

STATE OF GOOD REPAIR.

THEY'VE UPPED THAT AS WELL.

THAT'S REALLY NOT OVERLY RELEVANT TO ATP AND THE PROJECT CONNECT PROGRAM.

AND I WANT TO LIST IN THERE, RAISE GRANTS ARE WHAT USED TO BE CALLED TIGER.

THEN THEY WERE CALLED BUILD.

NOW THEY'RE CALLED RAISE 1.5 BILLION ANNUALLY.

SO THAT, THAT IS A LOT OF MONEY.

IT'S USUALLY VERY OVERSUBSCRIBED, MEANING, YOU KNOW, IT COULD BE A FOUR TO ONE RATIO OF PEOPLE THAT APPLY TO GET, BUT THIS NUMBER IS THE HIGHEST NUMBER EVER THAT THAT PROGRAM TOO HAS AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF DISCRETION IN THE SECRETARY'S OFFICE AND IN THIS BILL AND ALLOWS THE ADMINISTRATION, WHATEVER ADMINISTRATION IS THERE.

CAUSE IT'S A FIVE-YEAR BILL TO REALLY SET A LOT OF THE CRITERIA OF HOW THOSE GRANTS WILL BE JUDGED.

ONE THING THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE A VERY CLEAR IS THE CLIMATE AND EQUITY, UH, AND KIND OF CONNECTING COMMUNITY WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT VALUES THAT THEY'LL BE LOOKING FOR IN THE GRANT.

NOW THERE'S STILL YOUR, YOUR NORMAL BENEFIT COST

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ANALYSIS.

AND A LOT OF OTHER THINGS, WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT WE'LL BE VERY AGGRESSIVE IN GOING AFTER RAISE GRANTS.

AND THAT COULD BE PARTS OF THE ORANGE AND BLUE LINE AS AN EXAMPLE, IT COULD BE FACILITIES, IT COULD BE TUNNELING.

IT COULD BE, WE HAVE SOME COMPLICATIONS AROUND CRESTVIEW, AS EVERYONE KNOWS WITH FREIGHT TRAINS ON THE, ON THE STREET VERSUS ELEVATION, ALL THOSE KINDS OF THINGS.

IT JUST GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO A LOT OF, UH, PARTS OF THE PROGRAM AS ANOTHER SOURCE.

LASTLY, THERE'S THE RAIL AND HIGHWAY PROGRAMS. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT THE BILL, IF PASSED ALLOWS STATES TO ACTUALLY USE A LOT MORE OF THEIR STATE HIGHWAY MONEY FOR TRANSIT THAT HAS BEEN ALREADY KIND OF A PRACTICE IN SOME STATES LIKE I CAME FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

SO DOES GINA, UH, THAT WAS USED PRETTY, THERE WAS A LOT MORE FLEXIBILITY, I WOULD SAY IN MASSACHUSETTS THAN I'VE SEEN IN OTHER PLACES, THIS NOW IN SHRINES, IN THAT LEGISLATION, IF PASSED DLTS ARE ENCOURAGED OR HAVE THE ABILITY TO FLEX MORE OF THAT MONEY SPECIFICALLY FOR BUS RAPID TRANSIT AND OTHER ELEMENTS, INCLUDING EVEN FACILITIES.

SO WE'LL SEE HOW THAT COULD WORK.

IT ALSO DOES A PROGRAM CALLED CHRISTIE.

IT'S VERY FOCUSED ON RAIL SAFETY, SPECIFICALLY ON FREIGHTING COMMUTER RAIL, AND THEY HAVE 5 BILLION.

AND THEN, UH, WE ARE ONE OF THE THERE'S TWO OF US WILL AUSTIN, ONE IN ALASKA AT CAP METRO THAT ALSO A PASSENGER AND A FREIGHT RAIL.

AND SO WE THINK WE'LL BE ABLE TO GO AFTER GRANTS RELATED TO THAT, AND THAT COULD BE CONNECTED TO RED LINE OR FUTURE GREEN LINE AS AN EXAMPLE.

AND THEN THERE'S THE INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM IN FRONT AND THEY HAVE 700 MILLION ON THAT PROGRAM.

AND THAT IS TARGETED SPECIFICALLY FOR FREIGHT AND PASSENGER RAIL.

AGAIN, WE THINK WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO PLAY IN THAT PROGRAM AS WELL.

SO STARTING TO TAKE A WHILE ON THAT SLIDE, BUT THIS IS A REALLY SIGNIFICANT DEAL COMING OUT OF DC.

AND I WANTED TO JUST HIGHLIGHT THAT WE BELIEVE THAT THERE WILL BE VARIOUS WAYS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM.

AND, AND THE THING THAT WE HAVE REALLY WELL SET OUT HERE FOR US IN AUSTIN THAN A LOT OF OTHER CITIES AND AGENCIES WILL NOT HAVE, IS TO PLAY FOR ALL THESE GRANTS.

YOU REALLY NEED TO HAVE TWO THINGS.

YOU NEED A LOCAL FUNDING, COMMITMENT FOR A MATCH, AND EACH MATCHES WILL BE DIFFERENT AND YOU NEED TO ACTUALLY HAVE A PROJECT.

WHETHER, YOU KNOW, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE FULLY DESIGNED, BUT YOU'RE, IT'S A REAL PROJECT IT'S TANGIBLE.

YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT JUST AN IDEA.

WE NOT ONLY HAVE A LOCAL FUNDING COMMITMENT BECAUSE OF THE VOTER'S CONFIDENCE LAST NOVEMBER, PLUS OUR INTEGRATED FINANCIAL MODEL, WE ALSO ARE MOVING A LOT OF THESE PROGRAMS THROUGH DESIGN PROCESS.

AND SO WE ARE GOING TO BE VERY STRATEGIC LAYOUT, A MULTI-YEAR STRATEGY TO GO AFTER THESE GRANTS IN RELATION TO THE OVERALL PROGRAM I THINKING THROUGH DESIGN SPECIFICALLY.

SO THAT IS WHY, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF YOU ARE ENCOURAGING US AND OTHERS, THE COMMUNITY THAT, HEY, STAY ON SCHEDULE, KEEP THIS THING MOVING.

ONE OF THE KEY GOALS OF THAT IS AS WE ADVANCE THE ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN PROCESS, IT WILL ALLOW US TO PARTICIPATE IN MORE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES.

SO THE BETTER WE DO AT OUR JOB, THE BETTER CHANCE WE HAVE TO GET EVEN MORE FEDERAL PARTICIPATION.

SO SORT OF TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME WITH THAT, BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT TO GROUND THE BOARD ON WHAT IS HAPPENING OUT OF DC.

I HOPE TO COME BACK IN SEPTEMBER TO TELL YOU THAT THE DEAL WAS DONE AND MAYBE THERE'S EVEN MORE ELEMENTS THAT ARE POSITIVE FOR US, BUT, UH, YOU KNOW, SO FAR SO GOOD.

UH, IN, IN DC RELATED TO INFRASTRUCTURE, I HAVE ONE MORE SLIDE AND THEN I'M OBVIOUSLY HAVING TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, THOUGHTS, CONCERNS WOULD BE WE SIGNED OUR LEASE.

THANK YOU BOARD FOR, UH, APPROVING THIS.

I THINK IT WAS, I THINK IT WAS LAST MONTH OF A MONTH BEFORE I APOLOGIZE.

I CAN'T REMEMBER EXACTLY.

THIS IS OUR NEW SPACE AT 2 0 3 COLORADO, UH, IN DOWNTOWN IT'S REALLY GREAT COLLABORATION SPACE FOR A JOINT PROGRAM OFFICE.

IT'S GOING TO BE WHERE ITP STAFF.

THERE'S SOME KIND OF METRO STAFF, CITY OF AUSTIN STAFF CONSULTING, STAFF, ET CETERA.

WE'LL BE SUPER COLLABORATIVE, ALL ABOUT PARTNERSHIP, HOW TO GET THIS PROGRAM DONE.

WE ALSO HAVE SPACE IN THERE THAT COULD POST THEIR BOARD MEETINGS, BUT CERTAINLY ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS, PUBLIC MEETINGS.

UH, I NOTICED WE'LL BE COMING OUT SOON.

WE'RE STILL TRYING TO GET THE FINAL DATE, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE SOMETIME IN LATE SEPTEMBER WHERE WE WILL DO A PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE NOW, YOU KNOW, JUST TORE THE SPACE, MAKE, YOU KNOW, KIND OF AGAIN, REEMPHASIZE REINFORCE THE IDEA THAT THIS IS A PARTNERSHIP IT'S COLLABORATIVE.

UH, THE PARKING LOT OUT FRONT IS ACTUALLY PART OF THE LEASE IN A WAY THAT ALLOWS US TO MAYBE DO DEMONSTRATIONS OR VEHICLE SETUPS OR TENTS AND ALL THESE KINDS OF THINGS AS WELL.

SO THAT WAS PART OF THE, UH, THE, THE BENEFIT OF THE SPACE AS WELL.

SO REALLY JUST EXCITED THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A COLLABORATION SPACE, ESPECIALLY AS WE'RE, UH, WE'RE RAMPING UP STAFFING PRETTY SIGNIFICANT.

SO WITH THAT CHAIR, THAT WAS MY UPDATE.

BUT AGAIN, I'M HAPPY, TAKE COMMENTS, CONCERNS, QUESTIONS, THOUGHTS, UH, AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT I COULD PROVIDE TO THE BOARD AS WE GET GOING ON THE OTHER UPDATES.

THANK YOU, MR. CLARK, DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? AND I'D LIKE TO FIRST OFF, START BY SAYING, CONGRATULATIONS ON GOING INTO PROJECT DEVELOPMENTAL.

I KNOW THIS IS AN ENORMOUS

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MILESTONE THAT YOU HAVE REACHED WITH YOUR TEAM.

SO CONGRATULATIONS.

SO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, REMEMBER ELKINS? YEAH.

UH, THANK YOU, MAN.

CHECK IT JUST TO ECHO WHAT, UH, MADAM CHAIR SAID, UH, RANDY, DO YOU AND THE STAFF, UH, KUDOS ON GETTING THE NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE? I KNOW FIRSTHAND THAT'S A HUGE STEP, A BIG MILESTONE, AND, UM, UH, IT'S GREAT TO SEE THAT PROGRESS.

SO CONGRATS.

THANK YOU.

UH, AS, AS, AS THAT METRO BOARD MEMBER, I JUST WANT TO SAY RANDY, WOW MAN.

IT'S, IT'S BEEN A JOURNEY.

I MEAN IT, AUGUST 7TH OF LAST YEAR, YOU KNOW, WE WERE AT THAT JOINT MEETING, UH, WITH CONTRACT WITH THE VOTERS AND THE COMMITMENT TO THE VOTERS FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND THE CAP METRO BOARD AT THAT JOINT MEETING.

AND, YOU KNOW, HERE WE ARE, YOU, YOU, YOU GUYS, AND IN LESS THAN A YEAR, WE PULLED THIS ALL TOGETHER.

AND, AND THAT, THAT, THAT IS A, THAT JUST IS A HUGE TESTIMONY TO THE AMAZING, INCREDIBLE TEAMWORK AND THE COMMITMENT THAT THE VOTERS OF AUSTIN AND THE WRITERS OF CAP METRO AND YOU AND YOUR TEAM AND THE FOLKS IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND THEIR STAFF.

AND NOW THE ATP STAFF HAVE PUT TOGETHER.

I, I, I CANNOT FIND OUT THEM ANY, ANYTHING THAT I I'VE SEEN.

AND, AND, YOU KNOW, IN MY SHORT TIME IN TRANSIT LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT ALSO LARGER PICTURE IN GOVERNMENT WHERE SOMETHING THAT HAS STARTED THAT QUICKLY THINKING ABOUT THE ATP FIRST, WE HAD OUR FIRST BOARD MEETING IN JANUARY, KICKING THIS THING OFF AND BY, YOU KNOW, JULY, WHAT WAS THE JULY THERE YOU ARE.

AND, AND YOU'VE, YOU'VE GOT THE LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE, SO KUDOS TO EVERYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT THEN ESPECIALLY YOU AND YOUR TEAM THAT HAVE BEEN JUST BUSTING DUST AND, AND KICKING TAIL AND MAKING THIS HAPPEN, MAN, I REALIZED THAT IT IS JUST THE BEGINNING HERE, BUT, UM, KUDOS MAN, CONGRATULATIONS, AND, UH, REALLY, REALLY PROUD OF YOU GUYS.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING.

THANK YOU.

I DO APPRECIATE THAT.

AND, UH, I CAN'T TAKE THE STAFF WITHOUT THE STAFF AND I, AND I THINK THE BOARD RECOGNIZED THE SAY, AND I APPRECIATE THAT AS THIS, WE HAVE A GREAT TEAM AND THEY ARE WORKING VERY HARD EVERY DAY.

I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT THE EFFORT IS VERY STRONG.

UH, THE OTHER PART IS TO COMMIT IT TO THE COMMUNITY.

IT'S PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP TO BE PART OF THIS PROGRAM BECAUSE THEY WANT TO DO THIS FOR THE COMMUNITY.

AND IT'S VERY MISSION-DRIVEN, UH, GINA AND HER TEAM.

YOU KNOW, WE SAID THIS WHOLE TIME, I NEVER SEEN A PARTNERSHIP AS GOOD AS OUR TEAM IN THE CITY OF ALTOGETHER.

AND I THINK IT'S ONLY GONNA GET BETTER WITH THE COLLABORATIVE SPACE, TO BE HONEST, I THINK AS EVERYONE EVEN GETS CLOSER, WE GET IDEALLY MASS OFF AND PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE A SAFER ENVIRONMENT IT'S GOING TO EVEN JUST GET BETTER.

UM, THE PART THAT I'M THE MOST PROUD OF IS WE, WE TOLD THE COMMUNITY, WE HAD A SCHEDULE AND A VARIETY OF THINGS, AND WE HAVE YET TO NOT MEET A DATE.

UH, WE, WE ARE DOING A COUPLE OF THINGS.

WE'RE ACTUALLY A LITTLE BIT AHEAD.

SO, UM, AND NOT ONLY GOES TO THE STAFF WORK, YOU KNOW, I JUST GET THE JOINT BEING HERE ON THE CAMERA AND TELLING YOU THE GOOD NEWS, BUT THE STAFF IS REALLY DOING A GREAT JOB.

SO THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZING THE REFERENCE.

AND I ALMOST SAID THE FTA COULDN'T ASK FOR A BETTER PARTNER.

THEY ARE, THIS IS THE USDA AND THE FDA ARE REALLY A LOT.

HAND-IN-GLOVE WITH US, THEY'RE DOING A GREAT JOB.

SO I REALLY ENCOURAGE THE COMMUNITY.

AND I KNOW WE'RE GOING TO GET THE COMMUNITY UPDATE.

UH, WE, OUR 15% DESIGN THAT DOESN'T MEAN DESIGNS OVER BY ANY MEANS.

AND SO ONE OF THE EARLIER COMMENTS, WE NEED THE COMMUNITY TO GIVE US FEEDBACK ON SOME OF THESE BIG KIND OF QUESTIONS AND DESIGN ROOMS. SO THEN BY NEXT SUMMER 30% DESIGN, WE WILL HAVE A GOOD FRAMEWORK AROUND 30% COSTS AND, AND THAT HELPS KIND OF MOVE THOSE CRITICAL DECISIONS FORWARD.

SO I REALLY ENCOURAGE THE COMMUNITY, UH, TO GET INVOLVED.

AND IF THERE'S WAYS WE CAN BETTER COMMUNICATE WITH ALL PART, ANY PARTS OF THE COMMUNITY.

WE JUST NEED TO HEAR THAT BECAUSE IT WILL NOT BE A LACK OF EFFORT CHARTER, REALLY.

IT COULD BE A, JUST A MISSTEP UNINTENTIONAL.

SO THE MORE BOARD MEMBERS OR OTHERS COULD TELL US, WE GOT TO GET OUT AND DO OTHER THINGS.

WE WILL DEFINITELY DO THAT.

SO, THANKS AGAIN.

CURRENTLY I DO HAVE ONE QUESTION.

ONE OF THE, ONE OF THE, WHEN WE READ THE LETTER THAT YOU RECEIVED FROM FTA, THEY MENTIONED THEY HAD SOME FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS BEFORE THEY GAVE THE APPROVAL TO PROCEED.

CAN YOU GIVE US AN UPDATE OR DO YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF QUESTIONS THEY HAD TO FOLLOW UP ON, UH, ON THE FORMAL LETTER? SO WE GOT A FORMAL LETTER GETTING ACCEPTED.

WE GOT A LETTER BEFORE THAT SAYING, WE GOT YOUR PACKAGE.

WE NEED SOME MORE INFORMATION TO WHICH THE TEAM GAVE THEM.

UH, IF THERE'S ANYTHING MORE SPECIFIC WHEN DAVE GETS UP TO DO HIS PIECE, I'LL DEFER TO HIM.

IF THERE WAS A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT WE STILL KIND OF KIND OF OWE THEM, BUT MY GENERAL UNDERSTANDING IS WE'RE

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AT LEAST INTO THE PROCESS.

I GUESS I WOULD REINFORCE THIS WAY.

IT'S A NEVER ENDING PROCESS AND CONVERSATION.

SO WE WILL MEET WITH THEM.

WE'LL TALK ABOUT FTA EVERY WEEK, PROBABLY REALISTICALLY NEXT DECADE.

AND WE ALREADY HAVE A FANTASTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH REGION HEADQUARTERS.

SO IF ANYTHING, IT'S A, IT'S A CONDITION TO SAY YOU WILL CONTINUE TO MEET WITH US.

AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, I THINK ONE OF THE CONDITIONS IN THERE IS YOU'LL NOTIFY US ABOUT DESIGN AND WHERE YOU ARE PROCESSED.

SO IT'S NOT SO MUCH WHERE YOU ARE TODAY.

IT'S KIND OF THE FORMALITY OF YOU HAVE TO KEEP COMMUNICATING WITH US, I THINK IS THE PART THAT YOU'RE REFERENCING, BUT ALL I'LL ASK DAVE, IF I GOT THAT WRONG, HE CAN JUMP IN WHEN HE DOES THIS.

I THINK THAT IS WHAT YOU'RE REFERRING TO.

YEAH.

AND THAT'S IT.

AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO THE ANSWER NOW, JUST, I WAS JUST CURIOUS.

UM, BUT WITH THAT, DO WE HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS FOR MR. CLARK? IF YOU WANT ME TO JUMP IN HERE, THE ONES THAT ARE IN THAT LETTER, PRINCIPALLY ARE THE ITEMS THAT NEED TO BE COMPLETED FOR US TO GET OUT OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND THEN INTO THE NEXT STEP, WHICH IS THE ENGINEERING PORTION.

SO ALL OF THAT WILL INCLUDE ADVANCING THE DESIGN, UH, COMPLETING EVERYTHING THAT'S THERE IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS.

SO IT'S NOT THAT WE WERE MISSING ANYTHING TO GET INTO PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, THAT THEY WOULD NOT GRANTED IT IF WE WERE MISSING ANYTHING AS MR. CLARK SAID, THERE WERE SOME THINGS THAT THEY LOOKED FOR ABOUT A MONTH BEFORE WE GOT THAT LETTER THAT WE PROVIDED.

UH, BUT AS WE GO FORWARD, IT WILL BE A WHOLE SERIES OF THINGS.

AND I'LL, I'LL TALK ABOUT SOME OF IT A LITTLE BIT LATER.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU, MR. COUCH AND DR.

BURNETT.

UM, I ADD MY CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU, RANDY, AND THE STAFF, UM, UH, WITH MY FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS.

I HAVE A QUESTION BACK TO YOUR PRESENTATION ABOUT LAND ACQUISITION, THE ACRONYM YOU USED, WAS IT RAM AROUND, OR IT'S CALLED A RAMP AND IT'S A REAL ESTATE ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT PLAN.

AND SO IT'S BASICALLY HOW, HOW WE'LL GO THROUGH THAT PROCESS OF IDENTIFYING PARCELS, APPRAISALS, CONTACTING PEOPLE, UM, LIKE, YOU KNOW, PROBABLY CONNECT TO A PROCUREMENT POLICY AND ALL THOSE KINDS OF THOSE KINDS OF, OKAY, I'LL REMEMBER THE ACRONYM, UM, IN THE SPIRIT OF THE PARTNERSHIP, HOW DO WE, UM, FORM A PROCESS FOR THAT TO BE IN SYNC WITH THE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT STRATEGIES? HOW WILL THOSE TO HANDSHAKE CONSISTENTLY? SO, UH, SO IN THE ILA THAT WE GAVE TO THE BOARD AND THE BOARD APPROVED FOR, UH, THE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT OF FUNDING GOING TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN, BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY ATP, WE HAVE NO CONTROL OR AUTHORITY OR JURISDICTION OVER THE $300 MILLION.

THAT $300 MILLION IS TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

TOTALLY UNDERSTOOD.

IT'S IN THERE SAYS THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN WILL CHECK WITH THE PROJECT OFFICE.

SO DAVE'S TEAM SENSIBLY, BUT OUR REAL ESTATE TEAM AS WELL, THEN ANYTHING THAT THEY MAY WANT TO ACQUIRE ALONG THOSE CORRIDORS WILL BE CONNECTED TO US FIRST.

SO WE ALSO CHECK THAT BOX TO SAY, THIS WILL NOT CREATE A CONFLICT.

AND SO YES, YOU CAN PROCEED WITH THAT PROPERTY.

SO, SO LIKE, YOU KNOW, THERE COULD BE A LOT ON NORTH LAMAR THAT THEY SAY WE WANT TO DO BY THIS LOT.

AND IT MIGHT BE FOR AN APARTMENT BUILDING A SENIOR APARTMENT OR LOW-INCOME APARTMENT GREAT, YOU KNOW, EITHER YES, DO IT, BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE THESE 12 FEET OR NO, THAT LOCKING OF WORK, UH, IN THAT CASE, SECONDARILY, UM, YOU KNOW, LONGER TERM AND NOT CERTAINLY FOR NOW YEARS FROM NOW, WE'LL HAVE TO WORK THROUGH PROPERTY THAT ATP ACQUIRES FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES BUILD UPON THE, THE CONSTRUCTION LONG-TERM TO MAYBE WORK WITH THE CITY OR OTHER NONPROFIT PARTNERS OR WHATNOT TO ACTIVATE THOSE LOTS.

BUT THAT I WOULD SAY WE'RE YEARS AWAY FROM FIGURING ANY OF THOSE WE'RE WE'RE, WE'RE NOT EVEN AT THE POINT WHERE WE KNOW ALL THE PROPERTIES WE NEED TO ACQUIRE AND LET ALONE IN 10 YEARS WHAT THOSE ACQUISITIONS COULD FOLD INTO.

SO, SO THAT WHEN WE GET TO THE JOINT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT, WE'LL, WE'LL STITCH A LITTLE BIT MORE ON THAT, UH, AND WHAT ROLE EACH KIND OF THE AGENCY PLAYS, BUT THAT'S, THAT'S GENERALLY THE FRAMEWORK OF THAT.

OKAY.

I JUST WANT TO BE SURE WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT GETS A FORMAL PROCESS SO THAT THINGS DON'T FALL THROUGH THE CRACK, OR WE'RE NOT CHASING BEHIND THE DOG.

DOESN'T THE TAIL DOESN'T START WAGGING THE DOG.

SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A FORMAL PROCESS.

YOU'RE DOING WHAT'S IN THE ISLAND.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

I WASN'T GOING TO SAY ANYTHING, BUT WHEN EVERYBODY ELSE CONGRATULATES, THE STAFF ARE GETTING PAST THIS MILESTONE.

I DON'T WANT TO BE THE ONLY ONES SILENT BECAUSE I RECOGNIZE THE, THE ACHIEVEMENT THAT IT IS KIND OF A GAZA HAS GONE OFF IN REALLY BIG WAYS.

AND IT'S EXCITING STAFF DID GREAT.

THANK YOU.

UH, YES.

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UH, IF I COULD, I'D ALSO LIKE TO JUST CONGRATULATE RANDY AND HIS TEAM, BUT ALSO THE, THE CITY TEAM AND THE, UH, BOTH TEAMS ARE CAPITAL METRO AND ATP, YOU KNOW, UH, A LOT OF WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS THE SUCCESS THAT WE'RE, YOU KNOW, SORT OF, UH, REAPING NOW THAT THE GROUNDWORK FOR THAT WAS LAID ACTUALLY LONG BEFORE THE VOTE WAS TAKEN.

SO, UH, KUDOS TO RANDY AND THE CAPITAL METRO TEAM THAT BROUGHT THIS, THAT CITY TEAM TO MEET WITH THE FTA.

UM, ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, PROBABLY IN, UM, I THINK IT WAS 2019, RIGHT? SO, UH, REALLY CONGRATULATIONS, LOTS OF HARD WORK, LOTS OF HARD WORK AHEAD.

UM, AND WE APPRECIATE THE PARTNERSHIP.

THAT'S THE NIGHT GINA, A FUNERAL JUST FOR THE BOARD'S LAUGHTER.

UH, WE, UH, SPEND ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF STUCK ON THE HIGHWAY AND WACO TOGETHER.

SO, UM, THE CONSTRUCTION, WHICH REINFORCED OUR VALUE OF MAKING SHORT TRANSIT, UH, MOST PEOPLE.

SO, UH, THAT'S MY REPORT FOR THIS MONTH HERE AND AGAIN, THANK YOU ALL BOARD MEMBERS FOR YOUR, UH, SUPPORT OF THE STAFF AND, UH, UH, ALL THE SUPPORT ORGANIZATION.

AND WITH THAT, I'LL HAND IT BACK TO YOU CHECK.

THANK YOU, MR. CLARK.

AND IF WE WERE ALL TOGETHER, I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS THAT EVERY ONE OF THESE MILESTONES WE COULD DO OR SOMEBODY IN THE ROOM WAY TO GO TEAM.

UM, SO NOW

[III.1. Community Engagement and Involvement Update]

WE'RE MOVING ON TO THE MONTHLY PROGRAM UPDATES AND I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME OUR DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM STRATEGY, MR. SAM SERGEANT, GOOD AFTERNOON, CHAIR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CLARK MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

I'M GOING TO PROVIDE, UH, THIS MONTH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND INVOLVEMENT UPDATE, UH, IN PLACE OF JACKIE NIERENBERG, BUT WE'VE GOT SOME EXCITING, EXCITING THINGS TO COVER.

IT'S BEEN A VERY BUSY MONTH SINCE SHE LAST GAVE HER UPDATE.

SO CHLOE, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO AS YOU KNOW, AND THANK YOU ALL FOR NOT ONLY GETTING THE WORD OUT ABOUT OUR VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETINGS, BUT ALSO PARTICIPATING IN SOME OF THEM, BUT WE CLOSED OUT OUR, UH, 15% DESIGN, UM, SCHEDULED MEETINGS FOR ORANGE AND BLUE LINE, UH, THAT OCCURRED BETWEEN JULY 27TH AND AUGUST 13TH, AS WELL AS THE SELF GUIDED VERSION OF THOSE, UH, WHICH BOTH HAD REALLY SUCCESSFUL BREAKOUT SESSIONS FOR THE VARIOUS SEGMENTS OF THE LINE, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS A REALLY GREAT WAY TO DO IT AND REALLY APPRECIATE, UH, JACKIE AND HER TEAM, LONNIE STERN, UH, YONDA SPANX, JOCELYN AND OTHERS WHO'VE MADE THAT POSSIBLE.

I THINK IT REALLY GAVE FOLKS A LOT MORE OWNERSHIP OVER THEIR SEGMENT OF THE LINE AND LET THEM SAY THEIR PIECE ABOUT THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING, BUT YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE TOTALS HERE FOR THAT ENGAGEMENT.

I THINK THIS WAS VERY STRONG.

UH, WE HAD HOPED TO HAVE A LARGE IN-PERSON MEETING AT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, UH, BUT WE WILL HAVE TO DO THAT AGAIN AT ANOTHER TIME, BUT 774 PEOPLE PARTICIPATED THIS TIME AROUND.

AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE HAD OUR, I TAG PEACE AG EAC CON UH, JOINT TAC MEETING AND A CAC MEETING SINCE THE 18 P BOARD LAST MET.

SO VERY BUSY MONTH OF ENGAGEMENT, VERY SUCCESSFUL AND JUST VERY EXCITING CONSIDERING THE PLACE THAT WE'RE AT RIGHT NOW.

WELL, THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE HEARD SO FAR DURING THIS 15%, UH, DESIGN, UH, OUTREACH ROUND, UM, A LOT OF POSITIVE RESPONSES ABOUT THE FOURTH STREET CONCOURSE CONCEPT, BOTH AT THE STREET LEVEL, AS WELL AS BELOW CONNECTING ALL OF THOSE STATIONS TOGETHER, HAVING THAT SEAMLESS CONNECTIVITY, DOWNTOWN REACHING OUT TO IMPACTED BUSINESSES AND PROPERTIES ARE CRITICAL.

WE COULDN'T AGREE MORE AND WE WILL HAVE MORE, UH, MORE ON THAT FUTURE COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM, UH, AT, UH, AT ANOTHER MEETING, A LOT OF COMMENTS ON THE LONG AND SHORT TUNNEL OPTIONS, BUT A LOT OF POSITIVE COMMENTS FOR THE LONG TUNNEL OPTION ON SOUTH CONGRESS QUESTIONS, UH, ABOUT HOW WE'RE INTEGRATING WITH THE CAPITOL COMPLEX, ESPECIALLY THE EXPANSION TO THE NORTH.

AND I THINK A LOT OF THAT IS COVERED WITH OPTIONS, B AND C THAT YOU WOULD HAVE SEEN, UH, AT ONE OF DAVE COUCHES, LAST PRESENTATIONS FOR THE NORTH PORTAL.

UM, SO WE GOT A LOT OF GOOD FEEDBACK THERE, TRAFFIC LANES ON RIVERSIDE, UH, AND THEN CONNECTIVITY TO, TO OTHER, UH, GOOD TRIP GENERATORS LIKE ACC, UH, AS WELL AS HEALTHCARE.

SO WE GOT A LOT OF GOOD FEEDBACK.

THIS IS JUST A SAMPLING OF IT.

MAYOR, DID YOU HAVE A COMMENT? I'M SORRY.

THANK YOU, CHLOE.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN SOME OF THE UPCOMING ENGAGEMENT.

SO CONTINUING OUR FORWARD MARCH, WE HAVE OUR NEXT COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON AUGUST 25TH.

ALONG WITH, UH, METRO RAIL, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING TO TALK ABOUT THE RED LINE IMPROVEMENTS.

WE'VE BEEN REALLY FOCUSED ON ORANGE AND BLUE, UH,

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BUT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A MEETING ON METRO RAIL AS WELL AS ONE IN SEPTEMBER ON METRO RAPID.

AND THEN IN SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, PETER MULLEN, UH, AND HIS ARCHITECTURE, URBAN DESIGN TEAM ARE GOING TO KICK OFF A SERIES OF, UH, DESIGN CHARRETTES SO THAT WE CAN GET PUBLIC INPUT IN A, IN A REALLY COLLABORATIVE, OPEN FACILITATED SETTING, UH, AROUND SOME OF OUR MORE COMPLEX STATIONARIES AND SOME OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT, UM, DESIGN OPTIONS THAT ARE STILL ON THE TABLE DOING A UNIVERSITY-OWNED FACEBOOK LIVE TOWN HALL IN SPANISH ON OCTOBER 7TH.

AND THEN OF COURSE CONTINUING OUR OUTREACH TO PROPERTY OWNERS, BUSINESSES, AND, UH, ENGAGEMENT WITH COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS, HOPING TO GET OUT THERE TO MORE AND MORE COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS WHO ARE STILL HOLDING THEIR MEETINGS VIRTUALLY AND TAKING THAT, GOING TO THEM APPROACH, UH, WHICH, WHICH I THINK FROM FROM EXPERIENCE IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO, TO TALK TO PEOPLE ON THEIR TERMS ON THEIR TIME.

SO CONTINUING THE GREAT WORK JACKIE'S GROUP IS DOING.

AND, UH, WITH THAT, I WILL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS THAT THE BOARD MIGHT HAVE.

DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? THANK YOU SO MUCH, SAM.

UH, ANYBODY ELSE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR INSTA SERGEANT? I'M EXCITED TO LEARN ABOUT THE IN SPANISH, FACEBOOK LIVE, SO I'M BLACK WE'RE INCLUDING THAT GROUP AND KUDOS TO YOU ALL FOR AS WELL.

SO THEY'RE GREAT PARTNERS.

YES.

I'LL, I'LL WORK WITH JACKIE AS WELL AS OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THAT AS AN OPPORTUNITY.

THANK YOU, SIR.

THANK YOU.

GOOD JOB.

BEFORE WE MOVE ON SAM, WHEN, WHEN SOMEONE ASKS A QUESTION, LIKE WHY CAN'T THERE BE A STATION AT THE CAPITOL COMPLEX? DO WE ANSWER THOSE SOMEWHERE? DO WE, I MEAN, WE, WE, IT'S OUR PRACTICE TO RESPOND TO EVERY COMMENT THAT COMES IN.

UH, I WOULD NEED TO CONSULT WITH JACKIE, UH, OR POTENTIALLY DAVE COUCH, AND MAYBE WE CAN COVER THIS, UM, AT ANOTHER TIME, BUT YES, I MEAN, WE, WE DO RESPOND, UH, IT MAY BE, ESPECIALLY IN THE SETTING OF THE BREAKOUT GROUPS WHERE WE'RE RESPONDING TO PEOPLE VERBALLY.

UH, SO WE DO HAVE THOSE RECORDED, BUT DAVE, I KNOW THAT WE LOGGED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMENTS, UH, AND, AND DO RESPOND TO THEM.

UM, BUT YES, WE, WE DON'T WANT TO LET ANY OF THOSE SLIDE.

AND, AND IF WE FIND OURSELVES IN A, IN A POSITION WHERE WE DON'T HAVE A READY ANSWER, WE, WE FOLLOW UP WITH THEM.

IN OTHER WAYS, I SEE THAT PETER'S GOT HIS HAND UP AND HE ACTUALLY IS LIKELY THE BEST PERSON TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION.

YEAH.

SO WE ABSOLUTELY WILL RESPOND TO ALL THE COMMENTS TO COME UP.

PERIOD IS STILL OPEN FOR ANYBODY OUT THERE IN THE OPEN UNTIL AUGUST 27TH, THE 50% DESIGN.

SO ONCE THAT COMMENT PERIOD IS OVER, WE'LL COLLECT ALL OF THEM, UM, LIKE KINDS OF TOPICS AND THEN RESPOND TO ALL OF THEM AND HOW WE'RE GOING TO, HOW WE'RE GOING TO ADDRESS THEM OUT WILL BE POSTED ON THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SECTION.

AND JUST ALSO, WE MENTIONED THAT THERE IS A STATION AT THE CAPITOL, SO THAT'S ANOTHER WAY WE COULD, UH, WE'LL MAKE SURE THAT, UH, DR.

BURNETT, ANY INFORMATION YOU NEED ON THAT.

THERE IS, THERE'S A STATION CALLED GOVERNMENT CENTER CAPITAL WEST THAT HAS, YOU KNOW, THERE'S MULTIPLE OPTIONS AT THE FINAL WHERE THIS COULD BE, BUT I THINK IT WILL HAVE FANTASTIC ACCESS TO THE CAPITAL CONFINES.

SO TO, TO THAT PARTICULAR QUESTION AND THAT, I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION.

WHEN DO WE MOVE FROM WORKING NAMES OF THE STATIONS TO HOW OLD IS THE ACTUAL NAMES OF THE STATIONS BE DETERMINED? WELL, WE'RE GENERALLY SPEAKING MOST, ALL THE NAMES WE FEEL ARE PRETTY DEFINED.

I MEAN, THAT'S THE NAMES THAT WE WENT TO THE COMMUNITY FOR THE REFERENDUM ON A FEW OF THEM ARE STILL BEING TWEAKED IN THE SENSE OF, SO THEY COULD, UH, GO AND, YOU KNOW, UH, LIKE GOVERNMENT CENTER, CAPITOL WEST, AND HOW THAT'S KIND OF TWO NAMES FOR ONE STATION, UH, RAINY AND MAC IS A GOOD EXAMPLE.

UH, WE OBVIOUSLY, THROUGH THIS COMMUNITY PROCESS, THE 30% DESIGN BY 30%, WE REALLY GOT TO LAND ON WHAT THESE NAMES ARE, BUT IF THERE'S SOME UNIQUE TWEAKS, IF YOU WILL, BECAUSE WE WANT THEM TO REFLECT THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, ACCESSIBILITY IS VERY CRUCIAL.

SO WE NEED OUR WAYFINDING TO BE UNIVERSAL, UH, HOW WE DO EVERYTHING.

SO THERE'S ACTUALLY A LOT OF DISCUSSION IN OUR INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW ABOUT HOW SOME PEOPLE HAVE SYMBOLS AND SOME PEOPLE HAVE ALPHA NUMERIC COMBINATIONS.

SO WE'RE, WE'RE KIND OF WORKING THROUGH THAT.

I THINK THAT'S STUFF THAT MAYBE IN THE WINTER TO SPRING WE'LL EVOLVE THROUGH THAT, THAT I COULD SEE US PROBABLY ENDING UP WHERE THE ORANGE LINE WILL BE THE ORANGE LINE, BUT MAYBE IT'S THE, UH, THE NUMBER

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ONE LINE AND THE BLUE LINE IS THE BLUE LINE, BUT IT'S ALSO THE NUMBER TWO LINE, JUST FROM AN ACCESSIBILITY, BOTH IN SOFTWARE UNIVERSAL, UH, ACCESS FOR MULTI-LINGUAL MYSTIC, STUFF LIKE THAT.

SO THAT'S KIND OF, AS WE WORK TOWARDS 30%, I THINK WE HAVE TO LAND ON THE EXACT DEFINITION OF, UH, THAT, THAT STATION OR OTHER STATIONS LIKE YEAH.

EAST ASIA.

YEAH.

YEAH.

BUT WE WANT TO MAKE THEM CLEAN AS POSSIBLE.

SO SOMEONE KNOWS IT IS AT THIS LOCATION AND IT FEEDS THIS TYPE OF, YOU KNOW, AREA.

SO I HAVE A GOOD EXAMPLE RIGHT NOW IN OUR DOWNTOWN STATION.

THAT'S THE REDLINE.

WE PROBABLY CAN'T ENVISION THAT STAYING AT THAT HOUSE STATION, IT'S ONLY DOWNTOWN STATION NOW BECAUSE IT'S THE ONLY STATION DOWNTOWN, OBVIOUSLY WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THESE STATIONS DOWNTOWN.

SO THAT PROBABLY HAS TO REALLY BE THOUGHT MORE AS ABOUT BRUSH SQUARE AND CONVENTION CENTER THAN DOWNTOWN STATION AS AN EXAMPLE.

THANK YOU.

THANKS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION, DR.

BURNETT, UM, DOES ANYBODY HAVE THEIR HAND UP OR THAT I CAN'T SEE FROM STUFF OR ANYBODY ELSE? OKAY, GREAT.

SO I THINK

[III.2. Project Connect Monthly Technical Update]

WE'RE NOW MOVING ON TO MR. COUCH.

UM, HE'S GOING TO GIVE US THE MONTHLY, UM, CHIEF WHO IS OUR CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER, AND HE'S GOING TO GET US THE MONTHLY TECHNICAL UPDATE.

THANK VERY MUCH CHAIR, UH, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CLARK.

UH, I'D LIKE TO GO AHEAD AND GO THROUGH FIRST THE TECHNICAL PORTION OF THE UPDATE FOR THE MONTH, UH, AND THEN GO INTO WHERE WE ARE WITH MANY OF THE THINGS THAT, UH, MR. CLARK WENT THROUGH WITH RESPECT TO ENVIRONMENTAL.

AND AFTER, UH, AS, AS WE GO FORWARD, WE'RE LOOKING AT THE REAL ESTATE BEING VERY MINDFUL OF WHAT'S THERE AND WHAT WE ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE TO MINIMIZE THAT.

UH, WE CONTINUE TO GET COMMENTS AND FINISH THEM WITH THE CITY ON THE 15% DESIGN.

AND WE'RE GETTING READY TO GO AHEAD ALSO IN RAMP UP THE SIOUX WORK.

THERE'S A CERTAIN AMOUNT THAT IS INCLUDED RIGHT NOW, BUT OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO BE ABLE TO GO AHEAD AND GET THE PIPES THAT WE NEED TO RELOCATE EARLY IN THE PROGRAM IDENTIFIED SO THAT WE CAN GO AHEAD AND PREPARE THAT AS BURLY WORK BEFORE WE GET ANY OF THE MAJOR CONTRACTS OUT THERE.

UH, THE TWO PICTURES ON THE RIGHT ARE SOMETHING THAT YOU'VE SEEN A DIFFERENT VERSION OF PREVIOUSLY.

UH, THIS IS BASICALLY THE OPERATION TO GO AHEAD AND TAKE THE SOIL BORINGS.

AND THIS IS THE AREA WE HAD JOURNEY BEFORE THAT WAS DOWN CLOSER TO THE LAKE, BUT WE NOW ARE TAKING THESE ALONG THE ENTIRETY OF THE ALIGNMENT.

AND THE NEXT SLIDE, WE'LL SHOW YOU NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS SHOWS YOU WHAT THAT ALL TURNS BACK UP ONE, PLEASE.

THIS SHOWS YOU WHAT IT ULTIMATELY TURNS INTO A, YOU'VE GOT THE PLAN AT THE TOP THAT SHOWS THE ROUTE.

AND THEN WHAT YOU SEE IN THE SECTION AT THE BOTTOM WITH THE DIFFERENT COLORS IS THE DIFFERENT MATERIALS THAT ARE THERE THAT WE'RE FINDING AS A RESULT OF THOSE BORINGS.

SO THERE ARE THINGS THAT THE YELLOW PORTION IS THE AUSTIN CHARLA.

THAT'S GREAT FOR TUNNELING.

AND THEN BELOW IT, YOU HAVE ALSO GOT SHALE, WHICH IS GREAT FOR TUNNELING.

SO THIS STARTS TO GIVE US WHAT WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO GO FORWARD AND PROGRESS THE DESIGN, UH, LOOKING AT THE BEST POSSIBLE LOCATION AND ELEVATIONS TO BE ABLE TO, UH, GET THERE AND TO BE ABLE TO DO THE TUNNELING SAFE AND EFFICIENT.

THE LOW POINT, IF YOU WILL, IS RIGHT ON THE LEFT, JUST CENTER UNDER THE LAKE.

THAT'S BASICALLY WHAT CONTROLS ALL THE ELEVATIONS THAT ARE COMING BACK OUT.

SO IT'S, IT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE TECHNICAL THAN WE USUALLY GET INTO.

UH, BUT I WANTED TO JUST GO AHEAD AND SHOW YOU THE KIND OF PROGRESS THAT WE'RE MAKING AND WHAT WE'RE DOING, TRYING TO GET TO THE FUTURE IN PARTICULAR, ON ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING PARTS, WHICH IS THE TUNNEL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WE CONTINUE, UH, AS WE GO FORWARD ON THE BLUE AND ORANGE WITH THE NEPA PROCESS, BUT AS MR. CLARK SAID EARLIER, WE RECEIVED THE ENTRY AND A PROJECT DEVELOPMENT LETTER, UH, FROM FTA.

UH, AS A MATTER OF FACT, I HAD A MEETING THIS MORNING, UH, AN HOUR LONG THAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, UH, EXPO AND PLEASANT VALLEY.

UH, AND AT THE SAME TIME WE TALKED ABOUT WHEN DO WE GO AHEAD AND START AND SET UP TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE MONTHLY OR QUARTERLY MEETINGS ON BLUE AND ORANGE? UH, SO THAT'S A CONTINUING CONVERSATION, UH, AND I EXPECT THAT WE'RE GOING TO START THOSE IN THE NEXT MONTH OR TWO, BUT ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING TO AUGMENT THE FTA STAFF, UH, IS AS WE GO THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS FOR BOTH ORANGE AND BLUE, AT THE SAME TIME, THEY HAVE A PROVISION CALLED 1 39 J THAT ALLOWS US TO GO AHEAD AND PROVIDE SUPPORT TO HELP IN THAT REVIEW.

SO WE HAVE SELECTED KIMLEY-HORN TO GO AHEAD AND DO THAT WORK.

UH, THEY ARE CURRENTLY WORKING WITH FTA AND AS A MATTER OF FACT, THEY ARE IN TOWN YESTERDAY AND TODAY, UH, FOR BOOTS ON THE GROUND POWER OF TOUR OF THE TWO LINES.

UH, THE REST OF IT ARE THE THINGS

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THAT WE'RE DOING ON REPORTS, LOOKING AT PROJECTIONS, UH, BASED UPON THE BUILD SCENARIO FOR RIDERSHIP AND THEN CONTINUATION OF THE ARCHEOLOGICAL, UH, AND OTHER COMPONENTS THAT WE NEED TO GO AHEAD AND COMPLETE, UH, THE OVERALL EIS PROCESS.

NEXT SLIDE, MOVING ON SPECIFICALLY TO THE METRO RAPID LINES, UH, FOR EXPO IN PLEASANT VALLEY, WE HAVE A CONTRACT THAT IS CURRENTLY ADVERTISED.

UH, IT'S AN ID IQ, INDEFINITE QUANTITY CONTRACT, UH, THAT WE'LL BE USING TO GO AHEAD AND BUILD THE CONCRETE STRUCTURE.

UH, SO THAT'S ADVERTISED WITH THE EXPECTATION TO BE AWARDED, UH, IN THE OCTOBER TIMEFRAME.

WE'RE WORKING TO GO AHEAD AND GET THE DESIGN DONE, TO BE ABLE TO GET THE SHELTERS FABRICATED.

UH, AND THEN AS WE GO AHEAD AND MOVE FORWARD, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DID IN PLANNING AHEAD IS THERE WILL BE A VEHICLE CONTRACT THAT WE'LL COME BACK TO THE CAT METRO BOARD FOR AWARD.

NEXT MONTH, WE PUT WHAT'S CALLED AN OPTION IN THAT CONTRACT.

SO THERE ARE ENOUGH VEHICLES THAT WHEN THE CONTRACT IS AWARDED, UH, WE CAN ALSO EXECUTE THE OPTIONS.

SO WE'VE GOT AN ADVANCE THOSE VEHICLES THAT CAN BE MANUFACTURED AND DELIVERED UNDER THAT CONTRACT.

SO WE DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE THE TIME TO ADVERTISE A CONTRACT WE'VE ALREADY GOT IT SO THAT IT WILL BE IN PLACE.

UH, WE CONTINUE ON A SMALL STARTS READINESS DOCUMENTS.

THAT WAS PART OF WHAT WE REVIEWED THIS MORNING.

UH, AND THAT'S A CONTINUOUS PROCESS, WHETHER IT'S PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN RAMP AS MR. CLARK MENTIONED EARLIER.

AND SO ON AS WE GO THROUGH ALL OF THE REQUIRED PORTIONS IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO GET THE FUNDING AGREEMENT IN PLACE, UH, WE'RE ALSO CONTINUING WITH A REAL ESTATE AND IN SPECIFICALLY A LOT OF DETAIL WITH THE CITY, UH, IN THOSE SPECIFIC LOCATIONS, UH, IN ARRANGEMENT OF A LOT OF THE SHELTERS, UH, IT'S SOMETHING THAT AS WE GO FORWARD, UH, WE'RE LOOKING AT HOW WE INTEGRATE NOT ONLY THE NEW STATIONS, BUT ALSO BIKING PAD.

UH, SO THAT'S A CONTINUING OPERATION THAT WE'RE WORKING OUR WAY THROUGH, UH, THE GOAL LINE AND LAMAR.

UH, THOSE ARE ONES THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE STARTING SOON.

UH, WE'RE GETTING READY TO GO AHEAD AND GET THE ENGINEERING, UH, AND THINGS IN PLACE TO MOVE FORWARD ON THOSE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, ON THE RED LINE, UH, THE MCCULLOUGH STATION, UH, WE'RE WAITING FOR FDA TO GO AHEAD AND APPROVE THE CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION FOR A SMALL AMOUNT OF LAND THAT WE HAVE TO ACQUIRE A 30% DESIGN IS DONE, AND WE'RE MOVING ON TO THE 60%, UH, EXTENSIVE COORDINATION AGAIN WITH THE CITY, UH, IN TERMS OF WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO AND HOW WE'RE GOING TO